「二学期、はじまりました！」 (Nigakki, Hajimarimashita!)
“Second Trimester Has Started!”
So Asia has a rich, creepy stalker. Looks like someone just climbed to the top of Issei’s “I’ma punch ’em in the face” list.
A Transfer Osananajimi & the Abandoned Valkyrie
It was no surprise that Irina transferred in. Honestly, what I’m most surprised at so far is that her hyper-churchy schtick hasn’t started to annoy me. Maybe that’s because it’s so over-the-top that it becomes funny instead of frustrating, which is par for the course for DxD. Probably it’s just because she’s randomly (and hilariously) okay with certain things she probably shouldn’t be, like kicking ass and threesomes—as long as they’re in some place clean like a bedroom, of course. Hah!
As for our poor abandoned valkyrie, Rosseweisse, she’s still sadly underutilized, but every scene she’s in is gold. More pleeeease!
Kill This Creepy Stalker Right Now Please
So Asia’s admirer is Diodora Astaroth (Furukawa Makoto), and as I expected, this muthafuckkah needs to get stabbed. Not that something like that didn’t already happen before—Diodora being the devil that Asia healed, which precipitated all the changes in her life that brought her into the story, was a nice touch, because it let her reexamine everything that has happened in light of where her life is now. And the verdict appears to be a good one, from her own mouth. But this guy? This Diodora sonofabitch? I can’t wait to see Issei punch him in the dick.
Don’t Protect Asia,
Grope Respect Her!
Every time Issei talks about wanting to protect Asia, I wince. Wanting to protect her when she’d much rather be touched is not the gentlemanly thing to do! It’s far better, I think, to respect her wishes, especially when they line up with what Issei would so clearly like to do himself. And I don’t just say that because I want to see more of that! (Mostly.)
But here’s the thing—some commenters/LN readers have been talking about how ripped up Issei was from his first girlfriend (you know, the one who killed him). And the anime hasn’t done a good job of getting this across, because they haven’t been able to show us most of his internal thoughts, and they haven’t replaced those thoughts with any other hints until lately. The key words there are “until lately.” They actually are doing a better job of hinting at why Issei isn’t dining on the smorgasbord of young, beautiful, and totally-willing-to-share-him ladies that are throwing themselves at him. It still feels off to me, and I don’t know if I’d even see it if LN readers hadn’t pointed out the reason, but at least they’re trying.
But seriously Issei, dive in. Do it for everyone who can’t. It’s what the true Emperor of Breast Dragon would do.
Looking Ahead – The Rating Game For Asia’s Heart—Erh, No. I Meant Fanservice
I keep hearing that things are out of order, and we might be skipping the rating games that we already skipped? But now I guess not? Look, I have no idea. This season is a bit wonky, but I enjoyed this episode a lot, and now that they’ve successfully established Diodora as some creep I want to see get punched in the dick, a rating game between his peerage and Team Rias is fine by me. Convenient? Sure. But maybe someone pulled some strings, on either side. As long as Issei gets to shut the creep down, I’m happy. But first, fanservice. Because this is High School DxD, bitches, and that’s how the Oppai Dragon rolls.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Asia has a stalker who needs to get punched in the face. in other news, Issei is the Oppai Dragon. Who knew? (Everyone) #haremking s2e6
- I died laughing when Ddraig was crying about Issei’s—and by extension, his—new nicknames. The Emperor of Breast Dragon (Chichiryuutei!), the Oppai Dragon … hah! Poor Ddraig, but that’s funny shit!
- Oddly forward baby-making Xenovia is back? Swiftly approved!
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